Mark Nicholas

Mark Charles Jefford Nicholas (born 29 September 1957) is an English cricket commentator and former player. He played for Hampshire from 1978 to 1995, captaining them from 1985 to his retirement.

Mark Nicholas
Personal information
Full nameMark Charles Jefford Nicholas
Born (1957-09-29) 29 September 1957 (age 62)
Westminster, London, England
NicknameElvis, Jardine[1]
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight arm medium
RoleCounty captain, now Sportscaster
RelationsFred Nicholas (grandfather
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1978–1995Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 377 359
Runs scored 18,262 7,334
Batting average 34.39 27.78
100s/50s 36/81 1/40
Top score 206* 108
Balls bowled 5,855 3,878
Wickets 72 101
Bowling average 45.06 32.38
5 wickets in innings 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 6/37 4/30
Catches/stumpings 215/– 113/–
Source: CricketArchive, 7 January 2009

Nicholas was born in Westminster, London. A grandson of Fred Nicholas[1] (who captained Essex County Cricket Club), he was educated at Bradfield College where he was coached in cricket by John Harvey.

Playing careerEdit

A middle-order batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler, Nicholas captained Hampshire to four major trophies – the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1988 and 1992, Sunday League (now Pro40) in 1986, and NatWest Trophy (now Friends Provident Trophy) in 1991. Although he captained England A on tour to Zimbabwe in 1989/1990,[1] he was unable to make an appearance for the England senior team.

Known for his suave appearance and urbane manner, Nicholas is one of a long line of colourfully dressed characters to captain Hampshire County Cricket Club, including Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie and C. B. Fry.

Broadcasting careerEdit

Since his retirement as a player, Nicholas has worked in broadcasting, first as a commentator for Sky Sports, and from 1999 to 2005 as the anchorman for Channel 4's cricket coverage. He worked freelance in 1995 for Sky and others, before signing for Sky Sports in 1996 as anchorman, where his first major role was presenting domestic and international cricket.

He led Sky's coverage of England's winter tours to Zimbabwe and New Zealand in 1996/97, and continued this in the West Indies in 1998. His last role with Sky Sports was presenting the network's live and exclusive coverage of the 1998/99 Ashes series in Australia.

He commentated for Australia's Nine Network during the Australian summer cricket season until they lost the rights before the 2018/19 season. He anchored the coverage, replacing Richie Benaud as the face of cricket on Nine, despite having once been dropped from the commentary team for reasons that were never fully explained before his reinstatement.[2]

Until 2008 he wrote a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph. He was named Sports Presenter of the Year in 2001 by the Royal Television Society, as well as being one of only two presenters to stand in for Richard and Judy. Nicholas presented the second series of the English version of the reality show Survivor. He continued his commitments to Australia's Nine Network in March 2006, anchoring the afternoon coverage of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. He rated fourth in a Melbourne newspaper poll that set out to find the public's choice on the new host of the Australian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.

While as Channel 4 anchor for the cricket, Nicholas presented Today at the Test which covered the highlights of the day's play at the England Test matches or the trophy finals.[3]

Nicholas was approached by Channel Five to cover England cricket highlights from 2006, the programme being named Cricket on 5. He commentates on the programme with former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott and analyst Simon Hughes, both of whom worked with Nicholas at Channel 4 plus ex-England captain Michael Vaughan.

Nicholas served as anchorman and commentator for the Nine Network coverage of the 2013–14 Ashes series and continues to serve this role for other Australian home Test series until they lost the rights in April 2018. He was part of the world feed commentary team for both the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, and the 2011 World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.[4] He presented highlights coverage of 2012 Summer Olympics in London for the Nine Network.

Nicholas is the anchorman for EA Sports Cricket 07 game. He introduces the matches the user is playing, and commentates during the game with Richie Benaud, taking over from Jim Maxwell.

In 2002, Nicholas hosted the second season of the United Kingdom edition of Survivor.[5] Nicholas began presenting ITV1's Britain's Best Dish in 2007 and fronted it for four series until in 2010; he was replaced by Mary Nightingale.

He is currently into his fourteenth year as main presenter and commentator of Cricket on Five before the Home Cricket TV Rights will return to the BBC from 2020. He is also the lead presenter/commentator on England's Overseas Cricket Tours for TalkSport where not otherwise engaged in TV work, and his most prominent TV work as of 2020 is as a part of SuperSport's coverage of Test cricket in South Africa, now that Channel 9 have lost rights for Australian home series.

In November 2016, he published the autobiography A Beautiful Game: My Love Affair with Cricket.[6]

He also co-wrote Shane Warne's autobiography No Spin.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Mark Nicholas profile". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Nicholas dropped from Channel Nine team". Cricinfo.
  3. ^ "On TV – Cricket on Five". Five. 27 May 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007.
  4. ^ "'Short of brains' description angers Sammy". Cricinfo.
  5. ^ Mark Nicholas. A Beautiful Game. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 9781760291747.[page needed]
  6. ^ "A Beautiful Game: Mark Nicholas's love affair with cricket" by Catherine McGregor, The Australian, 31 December 2016

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nick Pocock
Hampshire cricket captain
1985–1995
Succeeded by
John Stephenson
Awards
Preceded by
Jim Rosenthal
RTS Television Sport Awards
Best Sports Presenter

2000
Succeeded by
Sue Barker
Preceded by
Gary Lineker
RTS Television Sport Awards
Best Sports Presenter

2005
Succeeded by
Hazel Irvine